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And so while some here think their biggest problem is not being free from being personally offended-

Are they really offensive or just personally irritating because of something in your life?
If you actually are offended, respond and move on - Or at least move on.

If DU totally loses it and cleans up all offensive language, "Hello" could very well be on the list of banned words and phrases. Why? Because it has "hell" embedded in it and some simpleton will decide "Hello" will mean "Welcome to Hell" That is where all this choosing to be offended is going. No matter how "Cleaned up" DU becomes, there will always be someone offended at something.

Well, I have some news for the myopic here who keep trying to distract the rest of the members here with their own personal version of shiny objects.
There is a whole political party trying to do much more than offending us with shiny objects. Their goal is to, among other things, take the hard earned Rights from from every man, woman and child in this country. Birth control, health care, Civil Rights, real slave wages(is that racists?), voting rights, And this is just for starts. Start by being offended by that, not other du'ers choice of words, usually not even directed at you in the first place.

Why are you helping those that would reduce us all to mid evil serfs by distracting us from what is really important in the real world with your personal shiny objects? Get out of your echo chamber. Expand your horizons and look outside at the very real and dangerous enemy. The Republican Party, the Conservatives, large corporations, the 1%, powerful sociopaths, our news media, our own government.
Stop picking fights with those that can help you. Look for commonality with others here.

Are these to be banned from DU also?
10+ phrases that can be irritating or offensive

Where is it going to stop? I see most of this being offended shit on DU as bullying and offensive in itself.
How do you cope in the real world, with real life people you cannot intimidate? How do you watch prime time TV without being personally offended?

There are people here who go out of their way to be offended.

Well, I'm fighting back.

Urban Dictionary

pearl clutcher 44 up, 2 down

An uptight person, usually but not always female, usually but not always of conservative mores, who reacts with shock, feigned or otherwise, at other people's violations of decorum, propriety, morality, and so forth.
Someone got up at the PTA meeting and suggested the school hand out condoms to teenagers. The pearl clutchers in the audience nearly went into cardiac arrest.

The phrase 'Pearl Clutching' is another case in point.
This has nothing to do with a persons sexual preferences. It is not an affront to ALL woman or even most women. Just those that chose it to be. If you are a strong woman, normal woman, average woman, this term won't apply.

Pearl Clutching is a good, descriptive term that some of the self-appointed PC crowd here has decided resembles them a bit too much and they wish not to be reminded of it.

Why should DU be reduced to the lowest common denominator with a list of common words, phrases and sayings being banned because some overly sensitive people take offense at whatever? If they can be used on prime time TV, there should be no reason they cannot be used here. Democrat Underground is supposedly an adult political site. So why are some trying to clean it up to be a PG13 or even a G?
To the best of my knowledge, the phase 'Pearl Clutching' was never a problem in DU2. Why now?

Pearl Clutching has nothing to do with racism, bigotry, sexual preference. but refers to a hyper type A personality type.

I have grey hair and retired on full Social Security. Maybe I should get all hyper and offended at references that are less than glowing admiration for Senior Citizens, Geezer Hood, Old Age and/or Death. It is basically the same damn thing!
'Fuck it' can be used, but not 'Pearl Clutcher'? Come on now, get real.

Response from Roy Blunt (R)idicules

My message to Roy Blunt

"The measure, proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) would amend the Affordable Care Act to allow any employer to exclude any health service coverage, no matter how critical or basic, by claiming that it violates their religious or moral convictions. Moreover, according to the National Women's Law Center, the amendment would remove critical non-discrimination protections from the Affordable Care Act. For instance, an insurer could deny maternity care coverage to a same-sex couple, an interracial couple or a single woman for religious or moral reasons."

You proposed that? Give the man 3 stars! You are an angel!
What more could you do to help Obama remain in the White House?

We don't need to worry though, your amendment will never pass the Senate. It will just further ingrain the idea Rethugs are against women and Obama is for women and the economy.

You must be getting to retire, correct? No way will this help you get reelected.

You didn't have a Topic of 'Stupidity', so I picked another topic that fits: 'Civil Rights'

His response:

Dear RC,

Thank you for contacting me about the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) mandate and the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011. I personally introduced this bill in the Senate on August 2, 2011 because I believe that the United States government must respect the religious and moral values of all participants in our nation's health care system.[sup]1[/sup]

In August 2011, the Administration announced its decision to mandate that all insurance companies and employers cover contraception and sterilizations with no copay. This unprecedented decision is an affront to the deeply held convictions of millions of Americans, which is why I introduced legislation to repeal the mandate.

On February 9, 2012, I offered my bill, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, as an amendment to the Surface Transportation bill. My bill protects health care providers and insurers from being forced to violate their principles to provide products and services under ObamaCare, and reaffirms all Americans' protections against discrimination, penalty, or exclusion from the health care market for exercising their rights of conscience.[sup]2[/sup] Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Reid blocked consideration of the bill, saying my discussion of this pressing issue was "shameless" and that those concerned about religious liberties should "calm down."

The government should not force doctors to perform procedures or employers to provide coverage for services they view as immoral any more than the government should force treatments on Americans. The federal government has no business in a doctor's examining room[sup]3[/sup] and the Administration's actions have put our nation's deep commitment to religious freedom in jeopardy.

While we may disagree, I always appreciate hearing from you. I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SenatorBlunt) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RoyBlunt) about the important issues facing Missouri and the country. I also encourage you to visit my website (blunt.senate.gov) to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e-newsletter.

Sincere regards,

Roy Blunt
United States Senator

[sup]1[/sup]Oh, really? What of those not of that faith, or any faith for that matter.
[sup]2[/sup]And what of those being discriminated against because they cannot get the mandated health care the doctors ordered?
[sup]3[/sup]"The federal government has no business in a doctor's examining room..." I quite agree. So where does Roy Blunt stand on vaginal ultrasounds, or even forced ultrasounds, as if we don't already know.

Because the DLC has turned the Democratic party into Republican Lite?

Because Obama has continued so many of bu$h's policies?
Keep bringing up bu$h and you run the risk of too many people noticing the similarities between then and now.
The Democratic Party is full of DINO's, with more than a few being ex-republicans.
No matter who gets elected, the Right still wins. That is how they can get away their Clown Car Show of Crazies. It makes the Democratic Party look good in comparison. If we had a real Center/Left of Center Democratic Party, the Right would then lose all around. And we would get "We the people..." back in the Constitution and corporations as persons a footnote at the bottom of the page, instead of as the case is now, the buying and running of our government.

Maybe the problem isn't so much with being ageist, or seeing so-called bigoted posts that

weren't that were alerted on and hidden anyway, but people looking for things to be thin skinned about.

BTY, I am 67. Far enough along into geezer-hood to know when to be insulted. The post in question didn't fit that category.

DU is suffering form too many people being too up tight about too many things that really do not matter. We need to Chill on this.
We have a common enemy out there in the real world. But too many or us here are treating other DU'ers as the common enemy. That needs to stop. Turn your attention to our government and their increasingly tight grip on what we can and cannot do. That was what DU was founded for. Not in-fighting or setting up your own fiefdoms with your own set of rules counter to the TOS. Or finding things other DU'ers post to rail against. We are not each others enemies.

Do you really want more say in how you are treated?

You are absolutely correct, it is about power.
So do what the Republicans did, starting 30 some years ago.

Get elected to the local school boards
Run for dog catcher or any other low level local elected office
Run for city council
Work your way up to the State Legislature
From there to Congress.
To the Presidency

Any elected office looks good on the resume. Build on it. It will take time, quite possibly more than 30 years. Build the foundations as you go for those that follow.
Along the way maybe you can stop the wars. Institute Single Payer, Universal Health Care and all the rest of what this country is missing that other countries takes for granted.
There are no instant answers to the problems we all face in this country. Your children will need to finish the job you start. You may be surprised at the support you will have from husbands, brothers, sons, male friends and even strangers.

You want to level the playing field? This is how.

We do need a second party.

A Liberal and Progressive Democratic Party. A real Democratic Party, representative of the people. Not the party of DINO's we have now.
With the DLC takeover of the Democratic party complete, moving to the Right far enough to Replace the Sane part of the Republican party (hence the Clown Car of Presidential candidates that is left of the Republican Party).
The DLC was dissolved last year because its job was done.

Evidence of lack of tolerance by some and misuse of the Alert

I agree, it was a benign graphic of a trash can. The poster was stating an opinion, punctuated by the graphic.
With action such as hiding the post, is it any wonder people are saying and leaving? For some, posting in Help & Meta-discussion and General Discussion is becoming a form of Russian roulette. It should not be.
There is no consistency anymore. Some of us thinks there should be more tolerance and discussion and others that think any difference of opinion on their pet topic, should be faulted and alerted on for no other reason than the alerted on, was not agreeing well enough with some self appointed group.
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